November 2011

Indefinite sentence was definitely correct for paedophile, judges rule

 

A PREDATORY paedophile who “groomed and manipulated” a young girl before raping her repeatedly has been told by top judges he deserved to be locked up indefinitely.

Steven Jeans, 43, of Harvey Road, Alvaston, was jailed at Derby Crown Court in October last year after admitting three counts of rape

He was given an indefinite sentence for the public protection, with a minimum term of 10 years.

He challenged the sentence at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, with his lawyers arguing he should not have been given the open-ended term.

But his appeal was dismissed by three of the country’s most senior judges, who said it was “simply not possible to predict” when he would no longer be a danger to the public.

Mr Justice Singh, sitting with Lord Justice Moses and Mr Justice Macduff, told the court Jeans raped the girl when she was 12.

When the offences came to light, he initially denied any wrongdoing, but later admitted his guilt.

The appeal judge said Jeans was “a predatory offender, who had groomed and manipulated a young child for his own sexual gratification”.

A probation officer said the offences would have a “lasting and significant” effect on the victim and a psychiatric report concluded that there was a serious risk of Jeans causing harm to children.

His lawyers argued he should have been given an extended sentence, rather than the more Draconian indefinite jail term, from which he may never be freed.

But, dismissing the appeal, Mr Justice Singh said the crown court judge was right to give Jeans imprisonment for public protection, as he was “clearly dangerous”.

The Appeal Court judge concluded it was “simply not possible to predict if and when” he would cease to be dangerous.

In the original crown court hearing, Jeans admitted raping the girl on five occasions while she was aged 11 and 12. The court heard that when Jeans was first accused of rape, the girl had tried to protect him and denied it had happened. But she eventually told the truth.

Judge Andrew Hamilton said he considered Jeans a danger to young girls.